Beware that sleepless & sarcastic humor is possible - read at your own risk of laughter and/or eye rolling. This blog was made by me for me - why? Well besides having one go-to location for writing links, I would think at least two other people in the world could enjoy my ramblings. `Laura Jane Mills
Recently I jumped into the Twitter universe as @laurathejane and I have enjoyed it. Yes the more people I follow the more tweets scroll across the screen but I like following and being followed. Plus there are fantastic real people on Twitter with sense of humors and bad days. The # hashtags are fun for me too. For reference in my search as I wrote this, I found two interesting websites from Twitter’s help on hashtags and the 3rd was a Google result: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/susanorlean/2010/06/hash.html New Yorker Hash story that seems to explain it well (love the Freudian twist – that’s soo me)
http://hashtags.org/ Yeah type in any hashtag and it gives you the usage, though not the meaning. Search #FF and you will see the Friday spike
#amwriting #amediting: Common ones that I use - fun to do a search and see what ppl say around those hashtags.
#askagent: I've been witness twice to agents I follow that have opened up to #askagent and I have jumped for joy. Question I asked if it would hurt me if I publish a YA book, and then try to publish an Erotic Romance. Was great to follow the #askagent chat that night and found another writer with the exact question. The response for those that wonder, was that no, it should not hurt, just that some agents don't support both genres. Before you wonder, I'll have a different pen name if I am that lucky to be published in (any) two different genres ;)
#writer: I will do a search off this occasionally. It can offer some creative ideas or general funny nonsense.
#agent: See the #writer description, and take the tweets with a grain of salt since there are real estate agents, sports agents, etc.
#WW: I’ve seen this one primarily on Wednesdays and the descriptions I find could mean ‘Writer Wednesdays’ ‘Writers Worth’. Both seem to mean the same thing by listing a few names of writer types to follow.
#FF: Follow Friday. It is like the #WW, but think of it more as just people you would suggest are worthy to follow (aka non-bots)
#writingtips #writetip: Yeah it is self-explanatory on these two. Take this with everything else on the internet – grain of salt and half-full glass. Most tend to be links to honest blogs or it could be a site to promote their mad editing skills for only $1,000 your manuscript is ‘almost guaranteed’ to get an agent. I do see more good than bad from it so far.
#sixsunday: Honestly, this is a big reason why I wanted to blog. Sure everyone wants their books read, but not very ready to just send my book or post it for anyone to read that shows interest. I want to be cautious, though there are times I read what came out of my twisted mind and I want to share. Here goes… http://www.sixsunday.com and you can see a list of participants with a link to their 6. Go to the FAQ section for more details. Also linked on their About section is a great explanation at http://sfrcontests.blogspot.com/2011/01/what-is-six-sentence-sunday.html
#queries: Sometimes you can see helpful tips, other times it’s a comfort to know you are not alone in your quest for ink and paper. Sometimes you get information on database queries so don’t freak if it does not make sense.
As I run across in my tweeting any additional writer type hashtags, I’ll update the post here. I think the most important thing is show respect since at any point people can block you. All the same, you can block anyone you want as well. Feel free to leave a comment with any other # you feel worthy or if I missed the definition of the above. #iamonlyhuman